Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Luke: “Hi, Time Out Kids! I’m Luke. I’m 11 and I go to school at Jess Arabian Ranches.”
Molly: “Hi. I’m Molly. I’m 12 and go to Repton School.”
How did you hear about the auditions for The Sound Of Music?
Luke: “My mum received an email.”
Molly: “Having been part of the Popular Productions performance last year, I heard they were holding auditions.”
The audition obviously went well, as you’re in the show. Tell us how you felt at the audition...
Luke: “At the time of the audition I felt a bit nervous but also a bit confident as I’m getting better and better the more shows I do. The confidence paid off.”
Molly: “I felt really nervous. The auditions had different stages, where you were assessed on your singing, drama and dance skills. After each round, they made a cut, so I was always just hoping to get through to the next stage.”
How did you feel when the company told you you’d be on stage in such an amazing show?
Luke: “When my Mum told me that the email had come and I’d got the part of Kurt I was on cloud nine. She told me at school so my friends were able to share the excitement with me.”
Molly: “When I found out I had been given the part of Brigitta Von Trapp I was just so excited.”
What is your favourite part of the show?
Luke: “My favourite part is when we sing in harmony… The Sound of Music.”
Molly: “I agree. I love the lonely Goatherd routine which is where the children are scared of a thunder storm and Maria teaches them a song to distract them. Families will love this show. I really didn’t imagine that one day I would be in it!”
If a boy or girl wanted to be on stage one day, just like you, what advice would you give them?
Luke: “This is my fifth show with Popular Productions and they have helped and taught me so much. Because of them I understand what life is like in professional theatre. I also attend Diverse Choreography several times a week for lots of singing anddance classes.”
Molly: “My advice would be to follow companies like Popular Productions. I would also recommend joining a performing arts school. When performing, my tips would be what my parents always told me – smile, relax and have fun. I also attend musical theatre classes at Diverse Choreography, plus have acting lessons with an amazing teacher here in Dubai. I also have private singing lessons and attend Drama Scene at the Ductac.”
The Sound Of Music stage show is running until April 16 at Madinat Jumeirah Theatre. www.soundofmusicdubai.com.